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Conservatives rally around Mark Robinson after abortion revelations

Despite not appearing on the ballot in 2022, North Carolina’s first black lieutenant governor, Mark Robinson, has been the focus of a week’s worth of negative stories from the mainstream press. Conservatives have largely rallied around the likely 2024 Republican gubernatorial candidate, though, as past comments against teaching transgender sexuality in schools and his wife’s...

David Larson
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Robinson calls for accountability, discipline in K-12 public schools

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is calling for broad reforms to the K-12 education system in North Carolina. Robinson’s comments came during a standing committee meeting on Monday, Feb. 21, that touched on themes of accountability, discipline, and restoring common sense. Robinson, a Republican, specifically called out a lack of discipline in public school classrooms, the...

David N. Bass
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Democrats shore up dominance on N.C. State Board of Education

Of the 11 members on the N.C. State Board of Education, four are Republican appointees. With a recent resignation, that number dips to just three. Todd Chasteen resigned from the board on Feb. 1, warning of a trajectory away from education toward political activism, especially on new social studies standards OK’ed by the State Board...

David N. Bass
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Council of State talks education, getting students ready to work 

Catherine Truitt is concerned the state isn’t doing enough to prepare students to work if they choose not to go to college after high school. As the state’s superintendent of public instruction, Truitt raised her concerns at the Council of State meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 1, saying the DPI is tackling the problem in a...

Theresa Opeka
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Lawmakers meet to redesign public education with parent help

Rep. John Torbett, R-Gaston, has some clear ideas about how public education should be reformed in North Carolina, but he is counting on parents from across the state to help redefine public education for the next century. “The system of public education in North Carolina was developed over 100 years ago and it has served...

Dallas Woodhouse

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Robinson raises $1.5 million for campaign

With campaign finance reports coming later this month, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson’s campaign announced that he has raised more than $1.5 million. The donations come from 12,691 donors, according to his latest campaign finance report. Semi-annual reports for all candidates for office in N.C. are due Jan. 31. “I want to thank every...

CJ Staff
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Mark Robinson and Wake County libraries agree on book removal

“Gender Queer” is a controversial book written by Maia Kobabe and published in 2019. The book was recently removed from Wake County Public Libraries upon a formal review by staff. The review was prompted by a complaint about the book due to its explicit illustrations of sexual acts. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson had strongly criticized...

Joshua Peters
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Cooper pushes aside presidential rumors as Cohen, in likely final news conference, pushes masks, vaccines

Dr. Mandy Cohen, alongside Gov. Roy Cooper, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, gave what will likely be her last briefing on the coronavirus. Cohen’s message carried similar themes expressed since the vaccines became available, first to health care workers, exactly one year ago. “Vaccines and boosters protect you,” she said. North Carolina has since administered 12...

John Trump
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Virginia’s Sears and N.C.’s Robinson share the American dream

Social media is buzzing about Virginia’s Republican Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears. Her story bears a striking resemblance to North Carolina’s Republican N.C. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson. Sears became the first woman and woman of color to be elected to that office in the state’s history on Tuesday, Nov. 2.  She beat Democrat Delegate Hala S....

Theresa Opeka
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Robinson tells crowd he’ll continue to fight for Christian values, in what he believes is right

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says he’s more determined than ever to keep fighting for what he believes is right. Robinson, a Republican, spoke Friday, Oct. 29, during a “Stand Up for America” rally on Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh. According to the website for the event, hosted by Return America from Wallburg in Davidson County,...

Theresa Opeka